Bubble Bokeh

by Sabine Phb April. 10, 2021 136 views

I think I saw a perfect picture on Flickr, a flower and bubbles, lots of perfect bubbles. As a read the information under the picture (no exif available) I read Meyer Gorlitz Trioplan. Never heard of it.

I soon found out it was a vintage lens, an expensive vintage lens. I bought an alternative cheap vintage lens. The Helios 44.2, few bubbles, lots of 'swirly' bokeh

With the Helios 44.2

With the Helios 44.2

As I understood better how to catch a bokeh with the Helios, my mind was still set on bubbles. So I bought another cheap lens, a projector-lens from Meyer Görlitz. I had to glue a Fuji adapter on the back-end.

No aperture, just 2.8 80mm and bubbles galore.

No aperture, just 2.8 80mm and bubbles galore.

Modern lenses are quite capable of a wonderful bokeh, I found out. My 35mm really could compete. With the macroring its bokeh became an abstract oilpainting.

The smear-effect shows only with the macro-ring, normally it has also  lovely bubbles.

The smear-effect shows only with the macro-ring, normally it has also lovely bubbles.

And then I got this wonderful lens, as a present, a radioactive present! It has this mysterious glow and deep colors. The movement of the wind camouflaged the softness of the lens at f1.4, but I think this is my most bubbly bokeh yet.

Super Takumar 50mm F1.4

Super Takumar 50mm F1.4

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John Durham 2 months ago

Excellent! More please.

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Sabine Phb Replied to John Durham 2 months ago

Thanks John, Maybe soon I tried out my Helios Cyclop yesterday. Bokeh gallore!

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Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

A vintage lens with a great bubble in it is the Fujinon 50mm f2.2. Not very wel build but has quite a following and it is cheap.
I have seen amazing pictures of bubble bokeh and many are helped a bit. Some use a glass full with marbles to break the light others use aluminium foil. So creativity helps.

2 months ago Edited
Sabine Phb Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

I think my first reply got lost on the internet, because I can’t find it here. So again thanks for the comment and I will look at your tips and your lens-advise. Always trying to become better at this ;)

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Camellia Staab 2 months ago

I can definitely see the addiction in you, which seems to be a very very close cousin of the addict in me smile

2 months ago Edited
Sabine Phb Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

Thank you for your comment, it is nice to hear more people have this tic that everything in the world it there to be photographed ;)

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